Ambassador Hakimi Speaks at Event at CSIS

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Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2012) - Today Ambassador Hakimi spoke at a panel discussion at the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS). The topic of the discussion was the impact of civilian assistance to Afghanistan and the way forward. The event also highlighted a new report recently released by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on assistance to Afghanistan.

Other speakers at the event included, Alex Thier, Assistant Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan at USAID and Abigail Friedman, Senior Advisor at The Asia Foundation.

Ambassador Hakimi began his remarks by highlighting key accomplishments from Afghanistan’s partnership with the international community, particularly the U.S., in areas such as education, health, economic growth, infrastructure development and telecommunications.

Ambassador Hakimi added that “Having started the security transition and preparing for a decade of transformation beyond 2014, we have a challenging and long way ahead of us, the success of which will be dependent on a long-term and continued partnership between Afghanistan and the international community.”

Ambassador Hakimi, while highlighting the significance of strategic partnerships with key international partners, particularly the United States, spoke about the overall objectives being pursued by the Afghan Government towards self-reliance as well as the key national priority programs to be presented at the upcoming Tokyo Conference in July this year.

He also spoke about the principles of good donorship and mutual accountability and noted that “While the Afghan Government remains committed to gradually developing its own resources and human potential, and decreasing its aid dependency, addressing the predicted fiscal gap will require continued international assistance.”

Ambassador Hakimi thanked the US Government, particularly USAID, for their efforts in support of Afghan reconstruction and development.

At the end, Ambassador Hakimi responded to participants’ questions on various issues including transition, reconciliation and the efforts being made by the Afghan Government in taking over full security responsibility by 2014.

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